King Abdullah opens Saudi Aramco’s 75th anniversary celebrations

May 20, 2008

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz opened Saudi Aramco’s 75th anniversary celebrations at its headquarters in Dhahran yesterday.

In his opening address at the ceremony, King Abdullah praised Aramco’s role in providing sufficient oil supplies to ease the global energy crisis.

“This Saudi company has been trying efficiently to support the Kingdom’s international policy in the field of providing suitable energy to confront global crises and, God willing, it will continue to play the same role,” the king said in his opening address at the ceremony.

Attendees at the ceremony included Bahraini King Hamad Al Khalifah, Deputy Prime Minister of Oman Fahd Al Saeed, and the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah and Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Affairs Ali Al-Naimi.

In his address, King Abdullah thanked Saudi Aramco for providing energy for the Kingdom’s national development and praised the company’s present and previous employees. He noted King Abdulaziz’s decision to sign the concession agreement between Saudi Arabia and Standard Oil and ensure that Saudi interests were protected, including the training and employment of Saudis.

Earlier, King Abdullah laid the foundation for the King Abdulaziz Knowledge Center, which will be established close to the first oil well.

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